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How to Follow Proper Business Etiquette in India

Watch more Business Etiquette videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn to follow proper business etiquette in India with these hints. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Use titles Use the titles of your Indian counterparts, or address them as "Mr.," "Mrs.," or "Miss." Exchange business cards at the beginning of a meeting, which is standard Indian business etiquette. Tip The western habit of whistling to get someone's attention is considered impolite in India. Winking may also be interpreted as offensive, and even sexual. Step 2: Conduct with respect Conduct yourself with respect that reassures Indian businesspeople that your intentions are trustworthy and sincere. This includes reining in the western tendency to be aggressive, which, in India, can be taken for disrespect. Step 3: Give gifts attention Decline expensive gifts if you can. When you can't, accept the gift with both hands. Set aside a wrapped gift until the giver leaves, which is considered proper etiquette. Tip Avoid motioning to someone with a palm up or by wagging one finger, which is an insult. Standing with your hands on your hips is also considered an aggressive posture. Step 4: Be sensitive to culture Accept all food and drink during business meetings, even if you elect only to nibble at it. Step 5: Know what they eat Remember that Hindus don't eat beef, and Muslims don't eat pork. Many Indians are entirely vegetarian. Be sensitive to a predominant cultural and religious inclination toward vegetarianism and a general abstention from alcohol or cigarettes. Indians prefer business lunches to business dinners, by and large. Step 6: Go along to get along Go along with a general disregard for punctuality. Relax and be flexible with them and business will go swimmingly. Did You Know? The Indian Gross Domestic Product grew at 6.7 percent in 2008 to 2009, one of the fastest growing economies in the world.
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